When I decided to breastfeed, I was ready to tough it out. I heard all the horror stories: mastitis, poor milk supply, chapped nipples, etc., but I wanted to do the best by my baby. Surprisingly, breastfeeding wasn’t so bad. Sure, those first two weeks were a learning curve: I needed to get used to a part of my body being sucked on by a ravenous vacuum and the baby needed to learn how to be without boob for one dang minute!
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One thing I didn’t account for was the plan to go back to work. I knew it was coming, but I didn’t really think about it until two weeks before I was due back.
I dragged out the Medela Pump in Style Advanced Breast Pump I received from my insurance and squinted at the instructions. By the time I had it all together I suddenly felt akin to a milk cow.
I started it up.
Crank it up to 11!
One ounce. What the heck? I can feel that I have more milk than that! I looked up all the articles. Maybe I needed to drink more water? More oatmeal? Massage and pump? Nothing really worked.
Now I only have ten more days to stock milk! I was getting desperate!
I now knew so much about this machine and so little about why it wasn’t working for me.
I built a modest stash by day seven, but it was still gruelingly slow.
But then, what are these numbers?
The shields come in different sizes and that means… Not all nipples are the same size!
It was a revelation!
I used the handy-dandy measuring guide on Medela’s website and BAM!! Momma’s making sweet, sweet milk!
If you have a Medela Pump in Style, I highly recommend these shields in your correct size because they come as one piece making washing easier and forgetting parts at home harder!
Are you having trouble building a stash like I was?
I hope this helps a few mommas out there!
Love and Hugs,
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